Former Manchester United player wants to play at V-League

Published: 11/02/2011 05:00


Jose Kleberson Pereira, a member of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup 2002 and a player of Manchester United in 2003-2005, wants to play for Vietnam’s V-League.

Jose Kleberson Pereira, a member of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup 2002 and a player of Manchester United in 2003-2005, wants to play for Vietnam’s V-League.

Some football agencies in Vietnam have received detailed information about Kleberson and his requirements for salary, accommodations, etc. in Vietnam.

Accordingly, Kleberson is willing to play for any V-League team if the club pays him $2 million of transfer fees for two seasons, a monthly salary of $30,000, allocate a villa, a car and covers accommodation expenses for his family.

Kleberson’s requirements are not beyond the capacity of some V-League clubs. Binh Duong recently paid a great amount of money (rumored to be $1 million) to recruit Nigerian strike Joseph Obina.

However, the lesson from Hai Phong Cement’s affair with two years ago is still fresh. At that time, Denilson made the audience crazy when he signed a contract with Hai Phong cement. However, this former star stayed in Vietnam for only 23 days, played one game, scored one goal and left Vietnam because he couldn’t play football due to serious wounds.

So far, except for Denilson, Vietnam has not welcomed any world star. In 2007, Hoang Anh Gia Lai failed to sign a contract with Kallon, who played for Inter Milan.

The local media reported Hanoi T&T’s plans to invite Van Nistelrooy, Guti or Deco but it is only a rumor.

Some information about Kleberson:

Kléberson, He began his football career with Atlético Paranaense. While at Atlético Paranaense, Kléberson won the Paraná State League in 2000 and 2001, and the Brazilian Série A title in 2001. His performances for Atlético Paranaense led to Luis Felipe Scolari bringing him into the Brazilian national team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

His World Cup performances led to Scolari declaring Kléberson the driving force behind Brazil’s Cup winning side, and drew interest from several English and Scottish teams. Newcastle United, Leeds United and Celtic all expressed an interest. Leeds failed to secure the signing after Kléberson decided against leaving Brazil without his girlfriend, who he was unable to marry until her 16th birthday. Eventually, it was Manchester United who signed Kléberson for a fee of £6.5 million on August 12, 2003.Seen as a replacement for Juan Sebastián Verón, Kléberson was injured in his second appearance for the club and made only 20 appearances in two seasons. He scored two league goals in his time at Manchester United, both coming in home wins against Blackburn Rovers and Everton.

On 8 August 2005, Rıza Çalımbay transferred Kléberson to Beşiktaş of Istanbul, Turkey, in a deal reported to be worth £2.5 million. He signed a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months. Kléberson signed with Flamengo on August 2007, but he was unable to play for the club until February 2008, due to problems related to his resignation from Beşiktaş.

His first matches for his new club were on the reserves team in several matches of the Rio State League. His climb to the first team started slowly as he began to play consistently in the Copa Libertadores. Kléberson earned an important spot in the midfield after the transfers of Renato Augusto and Marcinho.

After returning to the first team his good spell in 2009 was interrupted on August 12, in a friendly match against Estonia. He was fouled and fell, causing him to dislocate his shoulder. Kléberson had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the year. He managed to recover quickly and was able to return on November 22 in a 0-0 draw against Goiás and also played in the 2-1 win over Grêmio and won the 2009 Brazilian Série A, the second in his career.

In the pre-season period of 2010 Palmeiras speculated the possibility of involving Kléberson in a trade for Vágner Love, but Flamengo refused to accept the idea.

Kléberson made his first international appearance for Brazil in a friendly match against Bolivia on January 31, 2002. He also marked his debut by scoring Brazil’s fourth goal in a 6–0 win. He was subsequently selected by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil’s squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was initially relegated to the bench for the first four matches in the tournament. He was brought into the starting line-up for Brazil’s game against England, with Scolari feeling his tenacity would help counter the high work-rate of the English side. His tackle on his future team-mate Paul Scholes led to Brazil’s equalizer before Brazil ended up winning 2–1. He then was included in the starting lineup for the rest of the tournament. Brazil defeated Germany in the final, with Kléberson setting up one of the two Brazilian goals, and Brazil won the World Cup for a record fifth time.

After the World Cup, he retained his starting position in Brazil’s team under the new coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and was also included in Brazil’s squad for 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Brazil were eliminated in the group stage. That summer, Kléberson moved to Europe to join Manchester United. He failed to achieve regular playing time with his club, and as a result he lost his position in the national team. He managed to be included in Brazil’s squad for the Copa América 2004. He made five appearances in the tournament, starting in every match he played as Brazil went on to win the tournament.

After more than four years in the international wilderness, Kléberson was recalled to the national team by Dunga on May 28, 2009. He was recalled to replace Anderson in two matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifications and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.[9] After recovering from the shoulder surgery, once again Kléberson was called up for the national team on February 9, 2010 for a friendly match against Ireland on March 2, in London.

Kléberson was then called up to Brazil’s 2010 World Cup squad by Dunga on the 11 May. The 23-man squad was almost exactly the same as the squad against Ireland but included one additional player, Heurelho Gomes.


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